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Project by Andy Needles posted 06-10-2010 04:41 PM 4494 views 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just got a commision for a 5×11x 4”highly figured redwood table- The original slab was over 13 feet long- this is the trimmed down version. I’m in heaven!!!!!! The client- a local winemaker, wants malachite inlay down the middle. I might be asking for ideas on joinery for the base, and am trying to figure out sketchup, so my questions make sense- I have slabs of Monterey Cypress for the base.

Gotta love our local sawyer- don seawater!!!

-- rustic andy





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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 04:44 PM

That is one serious slab of wood. Sounds like a great project. What is a malachite inlay?

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 04:49 PM

drooling…...

-- bill

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 04:59 PM

Good Grief. Dont hurt your back! Seriously great find in both assignment and material

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 05:13 PM

Sweeeeet!!!!

-- Doug...

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childress

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 05:16 PM

That….looks likes a lot of fun. I’m sure you’ll enjoy every minute working on it.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 05:18 PM

So cool wow

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 05:29 PM

Seriously, how do you handle the slab or rotate it to work on opposite sides. Have fun, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 05:34 PM

Awesome chunk of wood – Do you hand plane the surface of this big guy or use some kind of router jig, etc?

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 05:35 PM

How exciting! I Love this place, where we can all follow along….

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 05:41 PM

You might want to contact fellow Lumberjock Joni Hamari
http://lumberjocks.com/JoniHamari
Joni does superb inlays and excellent large furniture pieces

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 05:44 PM

Great Looking Slab. If only I had a sawyer like that close by…

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 05:48 PM

Man that is way cool !!!!!! Wish I could run across something like that!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 05:54 PM

I would be scared to ruin a piece like that.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 06-10-2010 05:58 PM

Looks like you’ll be having a lot of fun with this. Let us know which winery it’ll be in so we can see it in person.

-- Don

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#15 posted 06-10-2010 06:01 PM

Wowsers!
That’s no joke. Would make a grand wine-tasting table indeed.

You mentioned ideas for base joinery. I noticed that Fine Woodworking has an interesting sliding dove table base feature on the cover. It’s a simple, elegant solution and one that might be interesting in this application…

But hey, I agree with RexMcKinnon – I’d be terrified to make the first cut on something that beautiful.

Good luck!

-- Kris, MA, http://www.usguitarkits.com

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